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    National Coal Heritage Area to Launch Junior Ranger Program on National Junior Ranger Day

    By Staff Reports,

    27 days ago

    BECKLEY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – In celebration of National Junior Ranger Day, the National Coal Heritage Area (NCHA) is thrilled to introduce their inaugural Coal Heritage Junior Ranger Program. The program aims to engage young participants in the rich history and cultural heritage of the coal mining regions in southern West Virginia.

    The official swearing-in ceremony for the first class of Coal Heritage Junior Rangers will take place at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine on April 27, 2024, at 1pm.

    “We are excited to launch our Junior Ranger Program as part of the National Junior Ranger Day celebrations,” says Christy Bailey, Executive Director of the National Coal Heritage Area. “By engaging children in a hands-on and interactive experience, we hope to educate children about West Virginia’s coal mining history and heritage and encourage them to visit sites of historical significance.”

    As part of the launch event, the new Junior Ranger activity book will be unveiled. The activity book is designed to guide children through various educational tasks that highlight the significance of the coal industry in the region. From learning about traditional mining techniques to exploring the historical landmarks within the National Coal Heritage Area, the activity book will offer young participants a chance to delve into the unique heritage of southern West Virginia.

    “We believe that learning about our cultural heritage should be an enjoyable and immersive experience for children,” says Christine Kinder, WV State University Extension Agent and designer of the Junior Ranger book. “The Junior Ranger Program offers an interactive way for young explorers to connect with the stories and places that define our region.”

    Participating young rangers will receive badges and certificates to commemorate their commitment to exploring and preserving the region’s heritage.

    For more information about the National Coal Heritage Area and the Junior Ranger Program, visit and follow @NCHA on social media platforms. The National Coal Heritage Area Junior Ranger program is a collaborative project of the NCHA and WV State University Extension.

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